All parents want to provide safe drinking water for their children. There are many purification methods that one could use for drinking water, but the simplest form of purification is boiled tap water. There are many contaminants that float around in our children’s drinking water and this is a major cause of concern for parents. Many in-home water filtration systems make a nice indoor fountain to fill up our water bottles, but they do not always eliminate all contaminants. To purify your water you will want to use a combination of water filtration and purification. There are many important things to know when purifying your children’s water. You must understand why it is important to purify your drinking water, the process of purifying your water, and alternative methods for purification.

There are several contaminants in drinking water that carry small amounts of toxins a human would not want to ingest. There are many large countries in the world that have problems with their public water supplies, and the residence cannot assume the water is clean. Major cities around the world have issued boil water alerts due to contaminated water sources. The city of Flint, Michigan has been in the news recently because the city’s water supply was contaminated with lead from aging service pipes. Don’t wait until you or your children get sick from water to take the proper precautions. The largest benefit to purifying your drinking water is to kill dangerous bacteria that can cause severe illnesses. If your water is cloudy, brown, or has a bad taste, then you should take all of the necessary steps to ensure your safety.

If you believe your water is contaminated and you feel the need to boil your water, you need to know the purification process. If your water is cloudy, then there is debris floating in the water. You can use a filter to remove these toxins. A coffee filter will remove many of the contaminants, but a charcoal filter is most effective. If you are located less than 2,000 meters above sea level, then you will need to bring the water to a roaring bubble for a minimum of one minute to kill all the bacteria and viruses. If you are located higher above ground than 2,000 meters, you will need to boil the water for a minimum of three minutes.

It is never bad to take too many precautions. There are several alternative methods of water purification that work just as well as boiling water. Iodine kills bacteria that may be living in your drinking water. This is a tried and true method that many hikers implore in the back country. You can also purchase a UV light system that kills bacteria without harming your water. The light breaks molecular bonds and the bacteria is killed and disintegrated. After you kill the bacteria it would still be a good idea to filter the water with a coffee filter to avoid ingesting harmful bacteria that may have survived the UV light.   

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